Frontier Offers CAF Deployment Update

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December 18, 2017 — WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) continues its rural broadband surge, exceeding 2017 milestone requirements of the Connect America Fund program (CAF) in eight additional states. Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin join the list of states where Frontier is ahead...Learn More

FCC Rural Health Care Reforms Under Consideration, $400M Cap May Increase

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The FCC is considering changes to the FCC Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which covers some of the costs of broadband service for rural health care providers. The commission today adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a range of program changes....Learn More

Room Evacuation Accompanies FCC Net Neutrality Reversal

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As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting voted to reverse Net Neutrality guidelines that have been in place since 2015 – a victory for broadband providers who say it will enhance their ability to invest in their networks, but a move that consumer...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Aim to Debunk “Overexaggerated” Net Neutrality Fears

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Representatives of three broadband provider associations held a press conference today to attempt to debunk what one representative called “overexaggerated” and “catastrophic” Net Neutrality fears on the part of the American public. The action came just one day before the FCC is expected to vote...Learn More

FCC, National Cancer Institute Team to Fight Cancer in Rural Areas

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An FCC, National Cancer Institute memo of understanding announced yesterday will focus on how improving rural broadband can help rural citizens in the battle against cancer. “The quality, length and even value of life should not be determined by where you happen to be born...Learn More

ABI Sees Momentum for Global 5G Spectrum at 3.5 GHz

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Momentum is growing for the creation of a global 5G spectrum band in the 3.5 GHz band, according to a new report from ABI Research. Citing regulatory announcements from “about 20 countries,” ABI said the C-Band (3.4-3.8 GHz) is “emerging with the most global consensus...Learn More

FCC Poised to Reverse Net Neutrality, Title II Decisions

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The FCC will vote next month on an order that would reverse Net Neutrality guidelines imposed in 2015 under the previous administration, senior commission officials told reporters today. The order also would reclassify broadband as a more lightly regulated Title I information service – reversing...Learn More

CBS Corporation Blacks Out DISH Subscribers

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November 21, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tonight DISH reported that CBS Corporation chose to black out DISH customers’ access to 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states (view full list here). CBS is blocking consumers in an effort to raise carriage rates for...Learn More

Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program,...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain...Learn More

WISPA and CBRS Alliance to Work Together on 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

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SUNNYVALE, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 15, 2017) – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the advancement of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band. Under the new agreement, the organizations will work...Learn More

T-Mobile Silver Star Deal Involves Spectrum Assets in Idaho and Wyoming

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A proposed T-Mobile Silver Star Telephone deal would put Silver Star 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Idaho and Wyoming in T-Mobile’s hands, enabling T-Mobile to expand its coverage in eight counties. Silver Star began offering phone service almost 100 years ago but since then...Learn More

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